LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kevin Daley on Thursday announced that money has been made available through the state’s Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to assist Tuscola County with damage due to recent floods in the area.
“This has been one of the wettest seasons on record,” said Daley, R-Lum. “The flooding has damaged public and private property all over Tuscola County. I am happy these funds have been made available to give folks in my district a much-needed helping hand.”
In late May, heavy rain caused widespread flooding across much of Tuscola County, closing roads, overwhelming drainage and sewer systems, and damaging private property.
In certain circumstances, the governor may authorize reimbursement from the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to assist local governments with emergencies after they have exhausted their own resources and when federal assistance is not available.
The money can be applied toward the immediate prevention, response and recovery of a disaster or emergency, as well as cover overtime for public employees, contracts used during the response, shelter supplies, gasoline used during the response and repair of public buildings and infrastructure.
The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division administers the grant program and assists local governments with applying for the funds.
“Tuscola County declared a state of emergency shortly after the heavy rainfall and quickly determined that local resources were insufficient to address the growing problem,” Daley said. “On behalf of the Tuscola County community, I want to thank local officials and first responders for quickly putting a plan in action to keep residents safe.
“I also want to thank Governor Whitmer and her administration for doing the right thing and making these funds available to our communities. I look forward to her doing the right thing again when it comes to preserving the Caro Center.”